Ukraine: Project to Support Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine

EU grant

Team Leader: Dr Virgilius Valančius
Responsible at the IRZ: Nathalie Herbeck, Dr Arnd Wöhler

This project was awarded in 2013 to a consortium led by JCI from France. It has a budget of roughly Euro 8.6 million. The project started at the beginning of October 2013 and has a term of 38 months. Apart from IRZ, further junior partners are the Polish and Lithuanian Ministries of Justice, as are CIVI.POL and ADETEF from France. The participating local partner is the "Centre for Political and Legal Reforms"

The project aims to establish a judicial reform strategy and an effective long-term coordination structure to improve cooperation between all those who are involved in Ukrainian judicial reform, as well as to put in place a corresponding action plan for the entire judicial sector. Furthermore, all decision-makers at state level, and authorities at national, regional and local level, are to be supported in implementing the reform legislation. The IRZ is involved in this process by providing a long-term expert in combating and preventing corruption, as well as short-term experts.

The long-term expert primarily provided support in establishing the capacity of the National Anticorruption Office in Ukraine (NABU) in the period under report. In addition to his daily advisory activities in this context,he carried out the following activities, amongst others:

  • Basic training in investigation techniques for 70 newly-appointed NABU investigators
  • Study trip to Finland for the management of NABU (including to the Finish office of the chief public prosecutor) on the topic of "Investigation proceedings and skimming off of assets, taking Finland as an example".


 

Funded by the European Union

 

Moldova: Support to the Pre-Trial Investigation, Prosecution and the Defence Set-Up in Moldova

EU Technical Assistance

Team leader: Dr. Gerassimos Fourlanos
Responsible at the IRZ: Nathalie Herbeck, Nadine Spenke

In the spring of 2017, this EU-funded project was successfully completed over a period of 30 months. Among other things, the project developed a draft amendment to the Public Prosecutor’s Act as well as relevant implementing provisions within the framework of the first component “Legislative consultation, strengthening the institutional capacity of criminal law authorities”. The new law has been in force since August 2016 and the most important changes concern the selection of the Prosecutor General, who will henceforth be proposed by a Council of Prosecutors. The project has also advised on the drafting of a code of ethics for the Public Prosecutor’s Office and a law on the organisation of the General Prosecutor’s Office. In addition to the General Prosecutor’s Office, there will only be two specialised public prosecutors’ offices: in the field of anti-corruption and the fight against organised crime. The project has also developed recommendations on anti-corruption measures and the establishment of an anti-corruption department. In 2017, tailor-made further training seminars and training courses for prosecutors and investigating magistrates in the areas of investigation methods, forensics and tax fraud were also held as part of the second component. In order to improve the dialogue between civil society, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the police and journalists, the project also organised three round tables. Furthermore, it initiated a very well received English course for members of the prosecution service. As part of the implementation of the third component of the project “Strengthening public confidence”, three surveys on criminal law were carried out with different target groups and their results presented. The interviewees for this survey included people involved in criminal proceedings, members of the general public and owners of small and medium-sized enterprises. The project also provided support for the development of communication strategies and for public appearances. Finally, three study visits were made to Romania and Sweden on topics such as electronic case management, work methodology and implementation of anti-corruption strategies.

Funded by the European Union

Romania: New operational tools for EU law enforcement and judicial authorities to conduct financial investigations in transnational cases with asset recovery component

EU Action Grant

Team leader: Ion Claudiu Teodorescu
Responsible at the IRZ: Katharina Tegeder, Frank Hupfeld, Christian Schuster

This project was started in June 2015 with an initial meeting of experts and concluded with a final conference in July 2016. The project budget amounted to around EUR 270,000. The subject of the project comprised methods of financial investigation in preparation for the recovery of assets in cross-border criminal law cases. Three workshops were carried out, along with six seminars and two conferences to conclude the project. This was supplemented by the preparation of a handbook on the project subject.

The aim of the project was to promote the efficiency of the investigating police officers and public prosecutors from the participating EU Member States in order to ease the recovery of assets obtained through crime in cross-border cases and improve the cooperation between the individual investigative authorities to combat economic and financial crime.

 

Funded by the European Union